KPS Swimming

Welcome

KPS swimming is an extra-curricular activity for pupils of Kildare Place School. There are two levels of swimming at KPS - the Weekday Swim (which has classes on Tuesdays & Fridays, all swimmers from Junior Infants to 6th class are welcome to apply) and the Swim Squad which is a more advanced competitive swimming group, and takes swimmers from 2nd class to 6th class after assessment at a try-out session.

Weekday Swim and Swim Squad are separate entities, run by separate committees. Attendance at Weekday Swim is not a guarantee of progression to Swim Squad, which is a competitive training group.

Weekday Swim

The KPS Weekday Swim takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm at Swan Leisure, Rathmines. Applications are accepted from June for the following September. The lessons run throughout the school year and coincide with the school calendar.

There are usually around 34 lessons a year. All swimmers from Junior Infants to 6th class are welcome to apply and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Junior Squad

The KPS Junior Swim Squad takes swimmers from 2nd and 3rd class after a try-out session, usually held in May each year.

Junior Squad swims the 15m length of the pool at Swan Leisure and trains twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Junior squad training will be a combination of

  • Front crawl
  • Breastroke
  • Backstroke
  • Butterfly
  • other water skills

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Senior Squad

The KPS Senior Swim Squad takes swimmers from 4th, 5th and 6th class after a try-out session, usually held in May each year.

Senior Squad swims the full 25m length of the pool at Swan Leisure and trains twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Senior squad training will be a combination of

  • Front crawl
  • Breastroke
  • Backstroke
  • Butterfly
  • other water skills

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About KPS Swimming

KPS Swimming is organised by parents on a voluntary basis. It is an extra-curricular activity and swim sessions are outside school hours at Swan Leisure, Rathmines. Weekday Swim and Swim Squad are separate groups and run by different committees. Attendance at Weekday Swim is not a guarantee of progression to Swim Squad.

For general information about Kildare Place School, click here.

 

Weekday Swim Committee

Sharon Fry (Treasurer), Susannah Lydon, Caroline Martin, Chloe Donnan

Contact the Weekday Swim committee at: kpsweekdayswim@gmail.com

Squad Committee

Chris Burge (Chair), Johnny Woods (Treasurer), Aisling McEvoy, Lulu McCarthy, Isabel Kenny, Alex Jefferson, Jane Mullet.

Contact the Swim Squad committee at:
swimkps@gmail.com

Our Swim Groups

KPS offers two levels of swimming - the Weekday Swim which is open to all swimmers from Junior Infants to 6th class, and the Swim Squad which accepts swimmers from 2nd class to 6th class, based on an assessment of ability.

Weekday Swim

Weekday swim takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm at Swan Leisure, Rathmines. Applications are accepted from June for the following September. The lessons run throughout the school year and coincide with the school calendar.

There are usually around 34 lessons a year. All swimmers from Junior Infants to 6th class are welcome to apply and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We can take a maximum of 50 swimmers per session, and you nominate your preferred day (Tuesday or Friday) when your application is submitted.

Children are grouped according to their standard in either the shallow or deeper end of the pool. Their capability is assessed by the staff at Swan Leisure. These groups will be reasonably flexible and the Swan Leisure instructors can move children between groups during the year as they progress. On average we maintain a ratio of 1 instructor per 10 children.

The structure of the swimming programme is set and managed by Swan Leisure staff according to their coaching expertise. Any queries regarding progress or the programme structure should be directed to Swan Leisure staff. Attendance at Weekday Swim is not a guarantee of progression to Swim Squad.

Cost per child per year is €170, payable with your application.

 

Junior Swim Squad

The KPS Junior Swim Squad is for swimmers in 2nd and 3rd class who have been chosen based on their ability at a try-out session. Swimmers generally need to be capable, confident swimmers in the deeper end of the pool and the squad swims the 15m length of the pool at their training sessions. Tryouts for the Junior Squad take place once per year only in May each year for the forthcoming school year in September. At the Junior Squad level, swimmers will be assessed on aspects of their body position and kick, ability to swim front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke (or at least to have an idea of full stroke) competently.

There are limited places available each year.

Junior Swim Squad trains on Thursdays from 4-5pm and Saturdays from 4.30-5.30pm at Swan Leisure.. Attendance at both sessions is a requirement of the squad. Junior squad cost is €450 per child per year.

Senior Swim Squad

The KPS Senior Swim Squad is for swimmers in 4th, 5th and 6th class who have been chosen based on their ability at a try-out session. Swimmers generally need to be capable, confident swimmers in the deeper end of the pool and the squad swims the full 25m length of the pool at their training sessions. Tryouts for the Senior Squad take place once per year only in May each year for the forthcoming school year in September.

At the Senior Squad level, swimmers should:

  • - Be able to swim 25m front crawl with breathing to the side regularly and without a struggle
  • - Be able to swim 25m on back crawl with straight-arm recovery and strong leg kick
  • - Be able to swim 25m breaststroke with a legal leg kick and an idea of the timing
  • - Be able to swim 25m butterfly with correct 'wave' kick and an idea of the timing

This is a guide to assessment and not a definitive checklist.

There are limited places available each year.

Senior Swim Squad trains on Wednesdays from 7-8pm and Saturdays from 5.45-6.45pm at Swan Leisure. Attendance at both sessions is a requirement of the squad. Senior squad cost is €450 per child per year.

How to apply

Applications for Weekday Swim (Tuesdays & Fridays) are now being taken - use the link below to enrol online. Applications are now closed for the KPS Squad for September 2017.

Click here to fill in the application form for KPS Weekday Swim online.

 

  • Weekday Swim

    Applications for Weekday swim for September 2017 are now open - click here to enrol online.

  • Junior Squad

    Applications for entry to the swim squad for September 2017 have now closed.

  • Senior Squad

    Applications for entry to the swim squad for September 2017 have now closed.

Get in Touch

If you have queries about the KPS Weekday Swim or the Swim Squad, please use the email links below.

Kildare Place School Swimming
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